Akron Air Raid: A Rotation Foundation
Akron could have went the other way with the trade. They could have continued to spiral with an unreliable offense and no arms to step up. But with some key re-additions and some solid pitching from the trio left, Akron is back on track. The offense could still be an issue, but the roving minor league additions that they've received seem to be contributing enough.
If the starting pitching continues to roll this way, the Aeros might just make a run at things with a faltering Harrisburg.
He was the lone starter to suffer a loss this past week. But the rotation as a whole put on a show and was 5-1 in their six starts. They foursome of Espino, Adams, McFarland, and Packer gave up four runs through 30 innings in five starts. Austin Adams got to start twice and picked up a pair of wins, while Espino and McFarland threw five and six innings of shutout ball respectively.
The best start of the week belonged to Matt Packer though, and he continues to to pitch very well. Continuing from his hot July, Packer has still not given up more then two runs in a start since his first start in July. He also struck out a personal season high nine hitters.
W, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K
W, 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
W, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
W, 8 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 9 K
L, 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 3 K
The bullpen didn't need to work a whole lot, which obviously leads to less stress and more sharp arms. Also you always pitch with the lead and things are just generally good. Cory Burns was very good, picking up a pair of saves and giving up a single hit in three shutout frames. Adam Miller bounced back, giving up just a run in three innings and striking out a pair.
And Tyler Sturdevant picked up a save himself against Trenton despite walking a pair. It was good to see Bryan Price back on the mound, throwing a shutout inning for the Aeros, and as always, Eric Berger was a workhorse pitching three innings and striking out three.
Impressively the Aeros pen walked just six hitters in 17-plus innings of work.
1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
First things first, Nick Weglarz is not only back, he appears to actually be back. He hit his first home run since June on Sunday and although he is 4-for-12 since returning from the Disabled List, that blast is encouraging to see.
No one really had a great week, but it was more of a collective effort from all the pieces Kyle Bellows, Juan Diaz, and Raul Padron all had seven hits, including a home run. Catchers Chun Chen and Michel Hernandez both had six hits, with Chen homering and Hernandez doubling twice and knocking in five runs.
Ben Copeland also homered and John Drennen was 4-13 with a double, a triple and a pair of RBI. It was a very even week for all the hitters, which is better than nothing and better than the effort the week before. Combined with some very good starting pitching, it produced a solid week for the Aeros.
6-16, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, K
OF Nick Weglarz activated from Disabled List
RHP Steven Wright received from Kinston